Ghostbusters (Ghost Busters)

BBBB (out of 5) After three scientists (Bill Murray, who is terrific, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) investigating supernatural phenomena are fired from their university and have their grants taken away, they set up shop in an old fire hall and sell themselves as ‘ghost busters’. New York City, as it turns out, is a giant…

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The Aristocrats

BB.5 (out of 5) Paul Provenza interviews dozens of comedians about a famous joke, loved among comedians, that provides a sort of jazzy opportunity for performers to really shine. Each interview subject gives their own take on the anecdote, allowing for much variation in its interpretation before the purposely anticlimactic punch line. What’s most shocking,…

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Superstar In A Housedress

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This excellent documentary explores the life and world of Jackie Curtis, the multi-talented performance artist who is probably most famous for his association with the Andy Warhol studio in the sixties and seventies. Along with Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling, Curtis was the biggest starlet from the films that Warhol produced with…

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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1984.  Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Robert Greenhut.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland.  Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.  Academy Awards 1984.  Golden Globe Awards 1984.   This wonderful comedy by Woody Allen finds the great director smack dab…

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